The body of the pyxis is decorated with a thick red band with a double dot pattern above. The surface of the lid is ornamented with a thick red band, double dot pattern and delicate thin black bands. Three thick black bands decorate the knopped handle.
With Frank Sternberg AG, Zurich, 1991
A pyxis (pl. pyxides)
is a small round box that could be made of wood, ceramic, or marble. Examples
in ceramic first appear in the Geometric period, and remain popular thereafter.
The pyxis belonged predominantly to the world of women, domestic and religious.
At home such diminutive, lidded cylindrical containers held trinkets,
jewellery, and cosmetic creams, serving essential roles in the process of
adornment, or kosmesis. They were also presented as grave offerings at the
tomb, and as temple dedications to goddesses such as Aphrodite, Demeter, Athena
For a pyxis with
similar decoration see, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Gela, Museo Archeologico
Nazionale 1, III.C.4, pl. 2296, 2.6-7 (Beazely archive no 9008009).